|Maloney's district, New York's 18th|
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"The ones now on the table? Longtime Republican districts that are becoming more demographically diverse," Kane writes. "Off the table may be rural districts with little diversity, the very places where President Trump did well in 2016." Maloney said one problem is that Democrats need to "get out of the past" and embrace new ways of measuring party metrics.
The question "is whether they should recruit moderate to conservative candidates in rural districts or just abandon them altogether." Kane writes. "A beta test for 2018 will come in two special elections this spring to replace House members getting elevated to Trump’s Cabinet. Democrats regularly win governors and Senate races in Montana, where Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) is set to become interior secretary, but it’s unclear whether the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will invest in that mostly rural at-large district." Instead, they may focus on winning back Democratic seats in urban and suburban areas. But ignoring rural areas was a recipe for disaster in 2016.